Cardinal Newman vs. Heathwood Hall
Site: George Watson Field.
Game notes: Cardinal Newman (2-4, 1-3) is coming off a 48-13 loss against six-time defending SCISA champion Hammond. QB Kody Watson had 141 yards passing and one touchdown run against the Skyhawks, Evan Dubois had 106 yards rushing and one TD on 22 carries and Jacob August had nine receptions for 122 yards. On defense, Cole Bacon had 14 tackles and Chris Kolp was credited with three sacks Heathwood Hall (2-3, 2-2) is fresh from a 10-0 loss to Orangeburg Prep. It was the first time the Highlanders have been shut out by any team other than Hammond in five years. Heathwood finished with 106 yards passing and 82 yards on the ground. The Highlander defense played well in defeat, allowing OP just 217 offensive yards. Gabe Brandner and Shelton Blue were the unit leader. Brandner finished with 11 tackles, two tackles for loss and forced one fumble. Blue rang up 11 tackles, one tackle for loss and also forced one fumble. John Louis Orlandini had nine tackles, one tackle for loss and two forced fumbles. Nose guard Weston Hardee also played well with eight stops and one sack. In the secondary, corner back Nelson Weston had five tackles and one interception.
Series history: Heathwood Hall has won 13 in a row to take a 19-14 series lead against the Cardinals. CN’s last triumph over the Highlanders was in 1998.
Porter-Gaud vs. Hammond
Site: Singleton Field, Charleston.
Game notes: Hammond (6-0, 4-0) can equal the longest winning streak in school history with a win in the Holy City. The Skyhawks thumped Cardinal Newman 48-13 last week for their 17th straight success dating back to a Week 2 loss to Wilson Hall last season. Prior to that stumble, Hammond had won 18 in a row to set the school standard. QB Jake Nidiffer, RB Quayshon Myers and WR Braden Shockley were the offensive headliners against CN. Nidiffer connected on 17 of 26 passes for 343 yards and four touchdowns. Myers darted for 189 yards and one score on just 10 carries. Shockley grabbed five passes for 144 yards and three TDs. William Love and Logan Smith led the defensive charge with 10 tackles apiece. Shockley came up with the only takeaway – an interception Porter-Gaud (2-3, 2-2) is mired in a three-game losing streak. The Cyclones fell 37-14 to Wilson Hall last week had have been out-scored 99-42 during the skid.
Series history: Hammond has won nine in a row against P-G since the start of the good times in 2006.
Ben Lippen vs. Pinewood Prep
Site: Hataway-Weeber Stadium.
Game notes: Both teams enter with 1-4 overall records and 0-4 report cards in SCISA play. The loser falls out of the playoff race ... Ben Lippen closed within 25-20 of host Laurence Manning Academy last week on a 3-yard scoring pass from Robert Barrow with Wright Bynum in the fourth quarter, but that was a close as the Falcons would get. Barrow passed for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the game and senior Tyler Renew had 102 yards rushing and one TD. Renew also had a big game on defense with 11 tackles, two interceptions, three pass break-ups and one sack. To date, Renew has 668 yards rushing, is averaging 6.3 yards per carry and has scored 82 points Pinewood Prep has struggled since opening the season with a win over Northwood Academy. In four 3A SCISA outings, the Panthers have managed to score only 29 points while allowing 119. Pinewood took a 40-6 hit last week from Augusta Christian.
Series history: Ben Lippen has never lost to Pinewood Prep. The Falcons are 8-0 against the Panthers since the series began in 2002.